Panagiotis (Akis) Simos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1967. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Crete in 1990, majoring in Psychology, and Master’s (1993) and Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Psychology-Biopsychology (1995) from Southern Illinois University.
After completing a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology he served as Assistant (1996-2001) and Associate Professor (2001-2003) at the Dept. of Neurosurgery, University of Texas-Houston Medical School. He then joined the Department of Psychology, University of Crete, where he served as Deputy Chairman and Director of the Graduate Programs in School and Health Psychology. Since February 2013 he is Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Crete Medical School.
His research has been supported by several federal (US) and national grants (co-funded by the EU). He has served as ad hoc member on NIH grant review panels, reviewer for many neuroscience journals, and Editorial Board member for Developmental Neuropsychology. His research focuses on neuropsychological and brain imaging studies of language, reading, and memory using Magnetic Source Imaging (Magnetoencephalography) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (perfusion and fMRI) with school-aged children and adults, exploring psychoeducational and neurophysiological profiles associated with learning disabilities, autoimmune and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia, MCI, SLE, and MS. He has published more than 160 research papers in top peer-reviewed journals in Neuropsychology and Neurology, and his work has received over 3400 citations.
He has also developed and adapted in Greek several psychometric instruments for cognitive and linguistic abilities in children including batteries for executive functions, receptive and expressive language, and intelligence. Other ongoing collaborations include the Department of Pediatrics, University of Tennesee Health SCiences Center, and the Department of Psychology, University of Houston (Neuropsychology of LD), and the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus (neuropsychology of aging and dementia).